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This page provides descriptions of workshops facilitated by Clint Goss and Vera Shanov.

Native Flute Playshop: Single-Paragraph Description

Native Flute Playshops facilitated by Clint Goss and Vera Shanov are one-day, weekend, or full-week workshops for people who play (or wish to play) the Native American Flute. Each playshop is an opportunity to create a deeper connection with your music and how you express yourself with the Native American Flute (NAF). We believe that expressing yourself though music is as natural a means of communication as speaking, and often more joyful and healthy. We also believe that all people are musical and that each person's level of musicality depends only on their level of experience in music-making.

Native Flute Playshop ... Additional Material

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The primary focus of Native Flute Schools is on:

  • Expressing yourself though organic, improvisational music-making,
  • Developing technique on the Native American flute and using that technique to increase your range of expressiveness, and
  • Playing with other instruments - rhythm, guitar, piano, and voice.

We've found that participants learn the most when they are actually playing the most. In these playshops, participants are playing most of the time! You will get an opportunity to play solo and in ensembles in many settings and many types of instruments, and work with facilitators from many different corners of music. Workshop sessions throughout the Native Flute School focus on building confidence playing the flute in many settings and styles and expressing your inner voice.

Flute players with all levels of experience are welcome! We encourage the sounds of all players in a supportive and non-critical environment. So, regardless of your current level of experience, if you want to bring your flute playing to a new level, these workshops are designed for you!

Brief Bio for inclusion in workshop descrption

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Clint Goss, Ph.D. is a trained music facilitator and performer on world flutes and an array of ethnic fusion world instruments. Clint and his wife, Vera, have facilitated energetic and inspirational Native Flute workshops since 2003. They bring out the potential in all participants, regardless of their level of musical experience.

In 2006, Clint teamed up with bluegrass artist Eric Miller and vocalist Lynn Miller to form the SpiritGrass ensemble. They released the CD “SpiritGrass” on the Manifest Spirit Label. Ten more CD productions have followed, with a heavy emphasis on music enrichment and education. These have included a series of educational CDs for Native Flute players, The Listening Book and The Musical Life, by W. A. Mathieu, and The Darling Conversations, by Grammy®-winning artist David Darling and Julie Weber.

In 2007, Clint earned a certificate in music facilitation from the Music for People organization, founded by cellist David Darling, and now facilitates weekend and full-week workshops. Clint and Vera have facilitated at flute festivals and Native Flute schools at FluteQuest, Zion Canyon, Flower Mound, Flute Haven, Native Rhythms Festival, and the Potomac Flute Festival, as well as general music workshops at The Omega Institute, The Stony Point Retreat Center, and the Trumbull Connecticut School System.

Clint has recently published the web site Flutopedia.com, which provides expansive and detailed resources for players, makers, and researchers of the Native American flute.

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Related Web Sites

www.ClintGoss.com — general home page

www.Flutopedia.com — Native Flute resource web site

www.ManifestSpirit.com — Manifest Spirit Records and Music

www.SpiritGrass.com — Clint’s Native Flute / Ethnic Fusion CD

www.NAFTracks.com — Native Flute Background CDs

www.ListeningBookAudio.com — The Listening Book and The Musical Life

www.DarlingConversations.com — The Darling Conversations

www.NativeFluteSchool.com — Native Flute Schools

www.FluteHaven.com — Specific East-Coast Native Flute schools


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